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Biz Buzz for June 16


* Barr Engineering Co. in Duluth announced the following people were named vice presidents by the board of directors:

Jon Ausdemore, a senior civil engineer in the Minneapolis office, has 15 years of experience as a project manager and engineer for dam, tailings basin and industrial-landfill projects.

Alina Heydt, a senior environmental consultant in the Duluth office, has more than 14 years of experience and manages projects involving environmental review, compliance and permitting for pipeline clients.

Dale Kolstad, a senior environmental engineer in the Minneapolis office, has 14 years of experience and serves as a project manager and engineer for contaminated site remediation and tailings management.

Rob Osburn, a senior geotechnical engineer in the Minneapolis office, has more than 10 years of experience and manages projects involving geotechnical investigation and design for clients in the mining and power industries.

Andrew Roberts was hired as a structural intern in the Duluth office of Meyer Borgman Johnson. Roberts is a University of Minnesota Duluth senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and his academic research focuses on reinforced concrete repair.

Michael Iallonardo, an electrical engineering designer, was hired in the rail division of TKDA’s Duluth office.

* Julie Anderson was hired as dean of the School of Nursing and a professor of nursing at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Previously, she worked at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, serving as interim dean of the College of Nursing, associate dean for graduate studies, associate provost and acting director of the Chester Fritz Library. Anderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing as well as a doctorate in education research methodologies from UND. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research for the National Institutes of Health, an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society for nursing, as well as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

* Duluth Teachers Credit Union announced the following:

Jim Atol was promoted to consumer loan officer at the Kenwood branch and has been with DTCU for three years.

Evelyn Gunderson was hired as a consumer loan officer at the downtown office and has an extensive background in lending.

John McDonald was selected as assistant district engineer, state aid for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 in Duluth. McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He will work with local levels of government to ensure the state maintains a safe, effective and coordinated highway network.


* William Watson, a managing director of Northwestern Mutual in Duluth, received the company’s Managing Director Achievement Award, which recognizes overall excellence in district network office development, including productivity, recruitment and retention of financial representatives and persistency in serving and retaining clients. Watson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been with Northwestern Mutual for 16 years and became a managing director in 2009.

LHB Inc., with offices in Duluth and Superior, was ranked as the No. 328 design firm in the nation by the Engineering News-Record as part of its annual Top 500 Design Firms List .

The ENR Top 500 Design Firms list ranks the largest U.S.-based engineering, architectural and environmental design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue.

Divine Destinations in Cloquet, owned by Jennifer Maki, was named a Diamond Agency with MLT Vacations. The award recognizes the agency for passing more than $1 million in sales through Delta Airlines.

* The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers announced Woodland Hills in Duluth received the Excellence in Corrections award May 20. The award is given to programs that have shown leadership and development in probation. Woodland Hills is a multifaceted agency that provides a continuum of services for young people that promote behavioral, mental and chemical health as well as physical well-being. The agency is overseen by Jeff Bradt, chief executive officer.

Eveleth Housing and Redevelopment Authority earned the high-performer designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD evaluates the HRA’s performance based on four main indicators: physical condition, financial condition, management operations and capital fund administration. High-performing agencies receive additional capital funding. The HRA owns and operates 34 one- to four-bedroom public housing units in Eveleth.

AAR Aircraft Services, with a hangar in Duluth, was named Best Airframe Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Provider during the 2015 Aircraft Technology and Engineering Maintenance Awards June 1 in London. This is the third time in the past four years AAR has earned the recognition.


* Bart Bailey of Northwestern Mutual in Duluth earned the chartered financial consultant designation from American College. Candidates for the designation must complete a minimum of nine courses and 18 hours of supervised examinations, as well as fulfill stringent experience and ethics requirements. A Superior native, Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and began his career with Northwestern Mutual in 2009.

* Brian Liberty completed level two of the Institute of Investment Management Consulting Certification Series. Liberty, vice president of investments and wealth management specialist and financial adviser at Liberty Wealth Management of Raymond James in Duluth, attended a two-day certification program incorporating sophisticated investment management topics, such as optimizing client portfolios and monitoring investment manager performance, and participated in sharing best practices among his peers. Liberty joined Raymond James in 2006 and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Nicole Widdes of Divine Destinations in Cloquet was certified as a Mexico travel expert by the Mexican Tourist Board. Agents with the certification have completed training and passed exams relating to Mexico as a destination.


Metamorphosis North Gallery recently opened at 331 W. Bayfield St., Washburn. The gallery offers a selection of jewelry, art glass, photography and artisan chocolates. The hours are 11 a.m. to

5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, the phone number is (505) 470-5636 and the website is metamorphosis

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